By Danielle Church
Harker Heights Herald
Harker Heights Barnes and Noble opened its books and door to the city library Saturday with a library card sign-up event.
The bookstore's community relations manager, Fabby Santiago, said this is their second year sponsoring the event.
"It's a fundraiser for them," she said. "And we wanted to help them out."
Throughout the six-hour affair, library staff hosted a pirate storytime, along with game time for adults, teens and children in the Barnes and Noble Jr. section. At 3 p.m., dozens of costume-clad children showed off their stuff during a super hero costume contest.
Library volunteer Kristin Seholm helped with storytime earlier in the day, and returned later in the afternoon with her son, Garrett, who ran around the bookstore full of energy and was ready to join in the festivities.
"I save people," Garrett said of his Dash costume from the movie, "The Incredibles."
Seholm said the 3-year-old wears his former Halloween costume all the time and was excited to wear it to Barnes and Noble.
Rose Ramon, library clerk, sat at the store's entrance on Saturday afternoon handing out stickers to incoming customers denoting library affiliation.
"A portion of the proceeds (at check-out) will go to the library," she said, admitting that the event has been very successful.
While manning her station at the front door, Ramon said she and her helper encouraged residents to sign up for library cards, giving them access to check-out books, DVDs, audio-books and more.
Beginning this fall, the library also will be hosting dozens of new programs geared toward both children and adults.
Contact Danielle Church at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7567.
2011 Fall Library Programs
Science Club - Every Monday for children, ages 7-12. Explore a different branch of science each week at 4:30 p.m.
After-school activities - Students, ages 12-17, join the library for a variety of activities every Monday through December.
Sept. 29 - Harvest Festival - Bring in the fall with stories, face painting, crafts and bobbing for apples with the whole family.
Oct. 13 - Creepy Crawlers - Listen to stories about creepy, crawler creatures and make an edible craft with gummy worms.
Oct. 20 - Project Wild - Get back to nature with activities and stories.
Oct. 21 - A gaming and mayhem event with drinks and snacks from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 27 - Halloween Party - Dress in your Halloween costume and listen to stories while trick-or-treating a little early.
Nov. 5 - Healthy Skin Workshop - Adults, protect and pamper your skin with solid lotion bars and flavored lip balm that you design yourself from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 12 - Thanksgiving - Listen to stories and make a craft to celebrate the holiday.
The Harker Heights Library is located at 400 Indian Trail. Library hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call (254) 953-5491.